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Disaster Preparedness

Keeping Corte Madera ready and resilient

  • Work with the town's Disaster Council and Twin Cities Disaster Preparedness Committee to ensure all Corte Maderans are prepared for any eventuality

  • Adopt the Flood Control Board's recommendations to invest in a flood-resilient community

  • Work with FEMA to get Corte Maderans a better rate on flood insurance

  • Pursue state and federal aid where possible in preparing for and responding to disasters

  • Establish emergency contingencies with neighboring municipalities

  • Create a special zone, next to the freeway, to experiment with cutting-edge concepts in disaster-resilient building

Flood Control
  • Adopt the Flood Control Board's recommendations to protect Corte Madera's homes, businesses, and infrastructure. The Town Council should move with urgency to deliberate on the Flood Control Board's proposed solutions to our flooding woes, and work with the Public Works Department to implement them.

  • Invest in building a resilient and flood-resilient community. One-third of our town lies in a floodplain. We should invest now in flood-resilient structures and upgrades, sparing ourselves future expenses in post-flood recovery and repairs.

  • Work with FEMA to get Corte Maderans a better rate on flood insurance. By further implementing the flood control measures laid out in FEMA's Community Ratings Program, we can make our town more flood-resilient while paying less for flood insurance. It's a win-win for Corte Maderans.

Working With Others
  • Pursue state and federal aid where possible in preparing for and responding to disasters. The state and federal governments provide a range of resources and programs to help municipalities prepare for and respond to natural disasters and emergencies. Corte Madera should take full advantage of these to give our community a leg up in times of crisis.

  • Establish emergency contingencies with neighboring municipalities. In the event of an earthquake or other regional disaster, Corte Madera should be prepared to work with other jurisdictions to respond to emergencies and keep citizens safe as efficiently as possible.

Planning Innovation Zone

see also: Land Use

  • Create a special zone to experiment with cutting-edge concepts in disaster-resilient building. The vicinity of Black Kettle Pond is a notorious flood zone that's on the edge of town, next to Highway 101. It's the perfect location for a special zone to explore state-of-the-art building concepts that shift the paradigm on flood-resilient construction, making Corte Madera home to innovative architectural ideas that will be immensely useful both here and elsewhere as climate change and sea level rise proceed.

Case Study: Flooding at the Cove School

It was an outrage when the Cove School flooded just months after being built in a neighborhood known to be flood-prone—but what many don't know is that it also flooded during construction. Going forward, all new construction in Corte Madera—especially projects sponsored by taxpayers—should be adequately designed to protect against flooding.

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